I read this book almost in one gulp. I sat down, intending to read for about an hour and then go for a swim but instead the only thing that made me get up was a phone call. I barely ate dinner! I was so immersed in the story and the characters the pages kept on turning on their own.
This is truly part one of the story, we don't get a HEA, we don't get a HFN, we are in the middle of the story where things are NOT working out on the romance side, but they are looking brighter in other aspects. This book is currently sold with part 1 + part 2 together, I have the older version (it's just been on my list for AGES before I got it finally scheduled..) so I don't know if it ends in a better place on that version. Anyhow the romance of the two MC is building up slowly and so there is something to look forward to. I remember how I loved it in "Cut & Run" by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. Yeah, it's more on the suspense side but still very slow building of the relationship between the MC, only getting their true HEA in the very last novel in the series. I bet this one would be the same.
This series is about the romance between Jory Keyes (our sole POV in the book) and detective Sam Kage. Jory is a force to be reckoned! not in the physical aspect, on the contrary, he is small with an athletic built, nothing like his love interest detective Sam Kage who is HUGE. It's just the way he sees everything around him, the things he takes notice of - seems to be everything around him when it's people concerned, or noticing nothing at all (when he is at a risk for his life and doesn't seem to take it seriously AT ALL). He is a people's person, everyone seems to like him and it's obvious from his behavior why that is. Though he is an orphan with no family, he has a very strong connection with his boss - Dane Harcourt, a very successful architect. He's the kind of guy every woman falls for which is part of the reason he and Jory get along so well. Jory understands him, he might find him attractive but he is not attracted to him and so he is able to be honest and a true friend even if he's just his personal assistant. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Dane, I hope we'll get as much of his as possible, also their special connection is a JOY to read.
Hearing Jory's POV is sort of addictive. He is SO damn funny. I found myself Laughing Out Loud half of the book from the way he talks, the way he thinks and the way he reacts to things around him. Even in the first chapter in which he finds himself in a middle of a police bust when he just came to take away the dog (a favor for a friend) he is totally unfazed by the big muscles around him or the fact that now that he is now a witness to a killing and so his life is in jeopardy. Yet every night the 22 years old Jory goes out to a different club even if every night Detective Sam gets in his path and tries to take him home before someone off him in the street.
I gotta say, Jory's way of thinking got in my head so much, I was SURE Sam was totally over-reacting and Jory doesn't have anything to worry about, he's probably just into Sam and so he keeps "looking out" for him, while actually trying to see what he feels about the guy (since he's OBVIOUSLY straight..). Jory finds him totally and absolutely attractive but trying to "convert" straight guy was never his thing.. and so he enjoys Sam's rough handling (that's what he likes in a guy but never actually gets..). So when someone actually DID try to off Jory I couldn't be more surprised!
I'm already blabbering too much here, so I'll get to the important part.. the romance! Jory is openly gay, but at the moment he isn't sure what he is looking for, what he didn't expect is for Sam to be attracted to him, so when they act on their mutual attraction, well, it was kind of curious to see how Sam got into it will no problem at all.. and yet though he seems to be VERY into Jory not only when it comes to sex, he is very caring and protective, it was very disappointing yet not that surprising when he doesn't take them as a couple seriously, or rather as something that could be permanent. I enjoyed seeing the obvious good impact Jory had on Sam, it was heart warming and darn funny but sadly it still isn't enough for Sam to put aside his prior beliefs to what his life should look like..
I'm not going to say more because I feel as though I've already said too much, mostly in the previous paragraph.. I wasn't sure about writing it so specifically, but since it's only part one, I guess it's obvious something is still very primary about the relationship, or rather it's not yet a relationship... they have MUCH more to go (obviously.. there are 8 books in the series..).
One last thing before I finish this very long review for a rather short novel/la - I wasn't sure which category this one will fall into - Romantic Suspense or Contemporary Romance, after reading this one I think it's more on the Contemporary side. There's a bit of action, but it's not the focus of the story AT ALL.
Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 140 pages, 1 May 2016 / On GoodReads